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NEW YORK -- Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig insists the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays must have new ballparks to be able to compete. Swingman Robert Horry Jersey . Speaking on Thursday to the Associated Press Sports Editors, Selig provided no timetable for deciding the Bay Area dispute between the As, who would like to build a ballpark in San Jose, and the Giants, who wont give up their territorial rights there. "Im always hopeful when there are debates amongst clubs, I try to lead teams in a direction of solving their problems themselves," Selig said. "However, this group has an interesting comment whenever they get in trouble: Thats why youre here, Commissioner. Thats what they tell me. I dont know that thats a particularly good answer. ... Weve had a lot of meetings, spent an enormous amount of time. Ive just met with both clubs again and well continue along this process." Asked whether there could be a solution that wouldnt anger one of the Bay Area teams, Selig responded: "Time will tell. Im always hopeful. Im an optimist, and I really believe that every problem has a solution to it. The question is just finding the right one, and so far Ive been lucky on that score. And so I hope my string of luck will continue." Oakland owner Lew Wolff responded in an email to The Associated Press: "Bud is doing his best to be fair to us and the Giants." Selig was clear, however, that he wants the As to move from the Coliseum, their home since 1968 and the last stadium shared by baseball and the NFL. "The one given everybody believes is that Oakland needs a new stadium," Selig said. "The last time I was there, I probably shouldnt say this, but Ill say it anyway, it reminded me of County Stadium and Shea Stadium, and thats not a compliment, in either case. ... You cant ask people to compete if they have a stadium that doesnt produce any kind of revenue to give them a chance to compete. So thats a given." Twenty-three teams have opened ballparks since 1989, all but Boston (which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park on Friday), the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers, Kansas City, Oakland and Tampa Bay. The ballparks of the Angels and Royals have undergone major renovations. The Rays started play in Tropicana Field in 1998, eight years after it opened. Owner Stuart Sternberg announced plans in 2007 for a new ballpark with a retractable fabric roof, then abandoned the project over the next two years. "They need a new ballpark, theres no question," Selig said. "I talked a lot to Stu Sternberg and hes talking to people. He and I have had many conversations, and well just monitor the situation. Hes doing what he should do. Hes there, hes talking to all parties trying to see what he can do." Speaking about Floridas other team, Selig backed the Miami Marlins five-game suspension of manager Ozzie Guillen for comments praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro. "I was disappointed, very disappointed," Selig said about Guillens remarks, adding that Guillens apology will be judged by "time and future actions -- theyll speak the loudest." He didnt think Guillens comments were analogous to inflammatory remarks by late Cincinnati owner Marge Schott and retired reliever John Rocker that earned longer suspensions. "I thought the suspension and the way he was treated was penalty enough," Selig said. Selig said baseball was making progress in negotiations with the incoming owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more information on the groups financing and ownership of the parking lots and land surrounding Dodger Stadium. Current owner Frank McCourt will keep an interest in the land. "I know how people feel there, so you bet, Im concerned with all ramifications, including the parking," Selig said. As Selig spoke, new adviser Tony La Russa listened. La Russa, who retired as manager of the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals after last season, was a member of Seligs study committee and said he originally opposed the new one-game, wild-card playoff but changed his mind. "We were looking for a way to value the regular-season champion and make the wild-card team a little more or a lot more disadvantaged," he said. Selig also said: --Cubs owner Tom Ricketts has talked to him about talks with Chicago to renovate Wrigley Field. "Some people call them cathedrals," Selig said of Wrigley and Fenway. "The sport is better off for keeping them and having them. But, how long? You know, nothing lasts forever." --he will soon announce the sites of the 2013 and 2014 All-Star games. MLB has long ago decided it wanted the 2013 game at the Mets Citi Field and 2014 at Minnesotas Target Field --revenue will exceed $7 billion this year. --baseball has not started checking into whether there are issues with the prescription painkiller Toradol. --attendance is up about 4 per cent so far this season. --he wouldnt comment on Roger Clemens perjury trial. "That is something Roger is going to have to face now. ... Theres nothing I can say." --of MLBs efforts to increase the percentage of African-American players: "progress like that doesnt come overnight." Vlade Divac Lakers Jersey . "There are two things in baseball that never change: history and numbers," said Cromartie, who is spearheading a drive for Montreal to get a Major League Baseball team. "Montreal, we have the history for baseball in this town. Swingman Vlade Divac Jersey . Right-hander Ricky Nolasco and the Twins agreed to terms on a free-agent contract Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. TORONTO -- Georges St-Pierres road back to the Octagon is suddenly a lot bumpier. The former UFC welterweight champion, currently on hiatus from mixed martial arts but still training with an eye to a future return, revealed Thursday that he requires knee surgery. "Tore my left ACL in training. Surgery in a few days," St-Pierre said via Twitter. "Rehab, pain, hard work, no shortcuts - Ill soon be back at 100%. Thanks for the support." The Montreal mixed martial artist confirmed in a text to The Canadian Press that it is not the same knee that required reconstructive surgery in December 2011. "Im OK," he said. St-Pierre vacated his title in December saying he needed time away from the sport. But he kept training. The 32-year-old fighter has said he plans to return to MMA but has not provided a timeline. GSP has had his share of injuries. In the fall of 2011, he sustained a minor left knee problem and pulled hamstring. He believes that led to overcompensating with his right leg when he returned to training. An attempted takedown during a wrestling drill led to a torn anterior cruciate ligamment and a small tear to his internal miniscus. Kurt Rambis Jersey. That operation was done by Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who looked after NFL star Tom Bradys knee in 2009. "My knee feels like it never happened ... Its very strong," St-Pierre said later. The Canadian returned in November 2012 to win a decision over Carlos (The Natural Born Killer) Condit at UFC 154, the then-champions first fight in some 18 months. St-Pierre (25-2) went on to beat Nick Diaz and Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks, in a controversial split decision at UFC 167 last November, before opting to step away from the sport. He cited personal issues, without detailing them. Hendricks won the vacant 170-pound title at UFC 171 earlier this month with a unanimous decision over (Ruthless) Robbie Lawler. St-Pierre had to delay his first scheduled title defence back in 2007 due to sprained posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. Surgery was not required then. And a 2006 fight was called off due to a groin problem. He also had a layoff in 2009 after tearing his adductor muscle in three places in a UFC 100 win over Thiago Alves. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' ' 

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